Has this ever happened to you??
You've spent a lot of time (maybe hours, weeks, months, or even years!) putting together your race calendar for the upcoming season.
You crossed checked reviews on the race, hotel prices, your vacation days with HR, coordinated the race timings, and maybe even joined a group to train together.
Then when it comes time to sign up for the race, you see these dreaded words...
It is in this moment that you begin to review the 7 stages of grief.
Step 1: Shock
You immediately (internally or out loud) shout "WHAT?!" Somehow the meaning didn't sink in as you read it twice, three, four....seven times.
Step 2: Denial
You quickly refresh the page, close down and reopen the browser, restart your computer, or even call a friend to have them check it for you on their computer.
Step 3: Anger
At this point it's someone else's fault. This completely ruined your season and the whole reasoning behind your other race choices, which of course you can't get out of now. Everything is wrong! Why didn't the race company inform you? You get emails from them all the time! Someone should have alerted you! You would have signed up if you had only known!!
Step 4: Bargaining
Okay... So maybe there's someone I can contact; wiggle a way in. I'll just email EVERYONE.
Step 5: Guilt
You've proven to yourself that it's true. Now it's time to beat yourself up over waiting that extra day, week, or month to fork over the entry fee.
Step 6: Depression
Forget today's workout. I'm just going to eat ice cream and watch a movie! Or five.
Step 7: Acceptance
Beaten, battered, and bruised, you found your way back to your desk, pull up the race calendar spreadsheet (because you're obviously a type A), gave into reality and decided to head back to the drawing board in order to reconfigure the year. With this recent catastrophe fresh in your mind, you quickly sign up for anything and everything left on your list!!
This happened to me recently with the new IM 70.3 North Carolina. I didn't expect it to fill up as quick as it did. I raced it as Beach 2 Battleship in 2012 and expected registration to be about the same. I was wrong! Sad day. But onward we move!